The governor rejected a request from the president to send 1,500 more National Guard troops to the Mexican border, saying the transfer would stretch the California Guard too thin.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week rejected a request from the Bush administration to send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, the governor’s office confirmed Friday.
The National Guard Bureau, an arm of the Pentagon, asked for the troops to help with the border-patrol mission in New Mexico and Arizona, but Schwarzenegger said the request would stretch the California Guard too thin in case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn confirmed the governor’s decision Friday after two California National Guard officials revealed it to The Associated Press.